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Another personal and revealing song Mariah co-wrote on her album is "Bye Bye," a moving song about the loss of her father. Although some of the lines are specifically about her dad, Mariah thinks everyone will be able to relate to her words. "A lot of people are saying it helps them get through the difficulty of maybe losing a loved one, a grandmother, a sister, a mother, and this is something that a lot of my friends and I have kind of gone through together," she says. "I almost feel like it's my job to write these kinds of songs for everybody who will go through it."

Although Mariah says she and her father didn't always see eye to eye, she was able to reconcile with him before he passed away. "I didn't think he cared about the singing thing at all," she says. "My mother did believe in me, and she always encouraged me, and that was why I didn't understand that my father was just trying to be practical and help me. But we learn and we live and we grow, hopefully."
FROM: Superstar Mariah Carey
Published on January 01, 2006